Chido Govera

Founder, Future of Hope Foundation

Chido Govera is a farmer, campaigner and educator. Chido is teaching mushroom cultivation to hundreds of people in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa, the Congo and also women from India, orphans from Columbia and many other. At the age of 11 she was elected one of 15 orphans to participate in a fungiculture project financed by ZERI Foundation and realized by the Africa University in Mutare. She knew only poverty and hunger in her life. Chido understood this opportunity as a possibility to give future of her community. She was even able to pay the fees and send her brother and other orphans to school. Chido decided to continue working with mushrooms in order to be able to simplify the process and therefore teach more people. In 2009, Chido was awarded the „Sustainability Award“ by the „Specialty Coffee Assocation of America“ for her sustainable project of reusing organic waste from the coffee industry to cultivate mushrooms.